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Earliest Usenet uses via Google Groups:

  • Big, big: fa.human-nets 11 May 1981 1349-EDT (Monday) From: Dave Ackley
    I read the Tom Swift series (including some of t­he T.S. Sr. series -- titles like T.S. and {the Big Cannon/his Wizar­d Camera/the Electric Boat} and so on) too.
    One big point that I had forgotten ca­me out in conversation around here: the island was Krakatoa!
    How about Homer Price? Not exactly SF,­ perhaps, but certainly in the same big bag of lost pointers in my hea­d that all these reminisces have been digging into.
  • bigger: 12 May 1981 12:22:21-PDT From: ihnss
    Nowhere does he­ try to remove them from her by force even though he is considerably bigger and stronger than she is, and has plenty of henchpersons to ­back him up.
  • biggest: fa.human-nets 19 May 1981 1845-PDT From: ROODE at SRI-KL
    Probably the biggest reason I didn't completely reformat the CompuServe stuff was because their small screen format disgu­sts me and I didn't want to fail to inform (i.e. mislead) HumanNets peo­ple about this aspect of their service.

(Please note that I have not taken timezones into account) — Hippietrail 14:44, 2 Feb 2005 (UTC)

I changed the Hebrew translation of "big" adult from "מבוגר" ("adult") to "גדול" ("big"). In Hebrew, as in English, one don't have to use the word "adult" in order to speak about grown-up person - he can say: "big". In this article, one should translate only the word "big". Liso 18:58, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

Of a sibling[edit]

What about big brother, big sister. --Egriffin 17:36, 29 September 2008 (UTC)


What about "big" meaning more mature, consciencious, principled; as in "be the bigger person"... is it coloquial? —This unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 15:45, 9 February 2010 (UTC).

Good call. I'll add that. Thanks! —RuakhTALK 18:29, 9 February 2010 (UTC)


Webster 1913 says that this is also a dialectal word for barley. Equinox 13:53, 2 July 2013 (UTC)

  1. big wild barley ( = foxtail barley) - Hordeum jubatum - big at USDA Plants database
    That must be what they are talking about. But it would be hard to cite. DCDuring TALK 14:07, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
  2. w:Bere (grain) says that bere ( = six-rowed barley) was/is called big from Old Norse bygge (barley), so it belongs in a different etymology if we are to have it. DCDuring TALK 14:14, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
    See byg and bygg. DCDuring TALK 14:18, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
  3. Hordeum hexastichum/Hordeum hexastichon was thought to be a distinct species of barley. See hexastichus (six-rowed). DCDuring TALK 14:32, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
The first possibility seems wrong, as it is not European natively. Items 2 and 3 are mutually consistent. I'm still a bit unclear as to whether the barley historically grown in northern Europe was typically six-rowed. DCDuring TALK 14:51, 2 July 2013 (UTC)